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Blues I’m Playing

“The Blues I’m Playing” is a short story written in 1934 by Langston Hughes. It tells the story of Oceola Jones, a black pianist, and her white patron, Mrs. Ellsworth.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3515.U274

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Hughes, Langston. Short Stories. 1997.

                      Call Number: PS3515.U274 A6 1997

  • Miller, R. Baxter. The Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes. 1989.

                    Call Number: PS3515.U274 Z684 1989

  • Ostrom, Hans. Langston Hughes: a Study of the Short Fiction. 1993.

                    Call Number: PS3515.U274 Z689 1993

  • Trotman, C. James (ed.). Langston Hughes: The Man, His Art, and His Continuing Influence. 1995.

                   Call Number: PS3515.U274 Z6733 1995

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  •  Hughes, Langston

Reference Materials

  •  Black Literature CriticismCall Number: REF PS153.N5 B556 1992

o   Vol. 2, pg. 1047, 1049, 1059-62

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771.C59

o   Vol. 108, pg. 313, 315

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330.S386

o   Vol. 7, pg. 1-23

  • Short Story CriticismCall Number: REF PN3321.S5

o   Vol. 6, pg. 121-2, 129, 134-6

o   Vol. 9, pg 154, 166, 173-75, 189, 198, 200, 202-03

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